Volunteer in Ecuador, undoubtedly one of the most geographically diverse places to visit in the world with an abundance of contrasting landscapes.

    Volunteering in Ecuador

    The latest news on Kaya’s projects in Ecuador is that thankfully they are unaffected following the earthquake on 16th April 2016. Participants are still being accepted onto our projects in Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, Amazon and others and your volunteer or intern efforts are needed to help support the local economy.

    Despite being the second-smallest country in Latin America, in one day you can journey from black water lagoons in the Amazon basin, across glaciated Andean volcanoes, through dense tree canopies in the cloud forest and then arrive at the Pacific coastal lowlands to breathe in the fresh sea air. Volunteer in this beautiful country with one of our environmental or community projects.

    Kaya’s projects in Ecuador range from environmental projects where you can rehabilitate wild animals in the Wildlife Centre in the Amazon to working in the community, where you can join our Education Outreach Programme and assist with teaching child labourers in the capital Quito. Alternatively, if you have experience in the healthcare sector then we have a Public Healthcare Placement in Riobamba supporting indigenous communities.

    An ever increasing urban population in Ecuador has had a negative impact on the country’s wildlife, natural, cultural and environmental resources.  Education and conservation projects are helping to protect these resources as well as supporting indigenous communities.  Our volunteers help local projects to continue the efforts being made to make a difference to this incredible land and people.

    In your free time, explore the vibrant capital city of Ecuador, Quito, high up in the Andes, which has an exquisite colonial centre and stunning 16th century cathedral. Hop aboard the sky tram in Quito up Pichincha volcano for spectacular views over its mountainous landscape. Try the local authentic dishes of ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juices) or humitas (corn dumplings).

    At the weekend, if you feel like a challenge, climb the highest peak of Ecuador, Mount Chimborazo. Alternatively, why not have a go at Paragliding in the Andes or venture into deep cloud forest on an Andean biking trail. Take a trip to Mindo, a small town enveloped in forested mountains and hike to its many dramatic waterfalls. If you fancy extending your trip and travelling further afield after volunteering, visit the majestic Galapagos islands inhabited by creatures that you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world. For more suggestions on what to do in Ecuador, read our blog titled ‘An Ultimate Bucket List for those visiting Ecuador’.

    Join us at Kaya and volunteer on one of our projects in Ecuador, where your efforts will make a small difference and have a positive impact in communities, targeting areas most in need.


    Here are some important facts about Ecuador

    • Population 15,868,396 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Spanish Castilian (official language) 93%, Quechua 4.1%, other indigenous 0.7%, foreign 2.2%
    • Religion – Roman Catholic 74%, Evangelical 10.4%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.2%, other 6.4%, atheist 7.9%, agnostic 0.1%
    • Currency – US Dollar (USD)
    • Climate – tropical  along coast becoming cooler inland especially at higher elevations, tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands


    Veterinary Internship in Ecuador
    Join us as on this veterinary internship in Ecuador and contribute to improving the welfare of wildlife while developing your CV/Resume
    Fair Trade Internship in the Amazon Rainforest
    Join our Fair Trade Internship in the Amazon Rainforest at a unique tea project doing sustainable economic development, cultural preservation and conservation.
    Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Rescue in Ecuador
    In partnership with a local indigenous family that lives in the Amazon rainforest, this centre rehabilitates wild animals from the jungle that were victims of abuse and animal trafficking.
    Sustainable Economic and Community Development in Ecuador
    Volunteer in Ecuador on an economic and community development initiative to help families preserve their values, culture and environment and create sustainable livelihoods.
    Medical Spanish Language Course
    We’ve got the perfect program for medical students and professionals who want healthcare experience abroad.
    Learn Spanish in Ecuador
    By learning Spanish in Ecuador you will be immersed in the language as well as experiencing the wonderful culture.
    Turtle and Marine Environmental Conservation and Education in Ecuador
    Volunteer on this turtle, sharks and marine research, conservation and education project on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador to protect habitats and species.
    Health and Medical Internship in Ecuador
    This health and medical internship in Ecuador will give medical, biology and science students insights into issues in global health, traditional medicine and medical practice.
    Spring Break Volunteering on a Sustainable Community Project in Ecuador
    Spend your Spring Break volunteering in Ecuador and support 50 families to preserve their cultural identity and community.
    Rural Public Health Volunteering in Ecuador
    If you are interested in community development with a health focus then this rural public health volunteering placement is perfect for you.
    Integrated Music, Dance and Art Therapy for Children with Special Needs
    Volunteer and use your creative skills on this integrated therapy project for children with disabilities and learning difficulties in Ecuador.
    Family Volunteering: Ecotourism and Community Development in Ecuador
    Volunteer in Ecuador and the whole family will enjoy living in a tight-knit community, working on small conservation projects in the misty cloud forest.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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